Final three designs for Glasgow’s permanent Irish Famine memorial to be unveiled
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Final three designs for Glasgow’s permanent Irish Famine memorial to be unveiled

A PUBLIC consultation will take place on Wednesday, October 10 on a permanent Irish Famine memorial for Glasgow.

The memorial will be the first in the city dedicated solely to the Irish Famine, An Gorta Mór.

A memorial unveiled in Glasgow in June paid tribute to the victims of the Irish Famine as well as those who died as a result of the Highland Famine in Scotland.

Coiste Cuimhneachain An Gorta Mór (the Great Hunger Memorial Committee) launched a competition for sculptors and artists to design the new memorial.

It has now whittled the choices down to three, with models of the designs to go on display tomorrow at the Barras Art and Design centre (BAAD) in the East End.

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Between 7-9pm, members of the public will be able to view the models while the sculptors will be available to discuss their work.

Those in attendance will be able to indicate their preferred design and leave feedback on the models.

There will be further opportunities to view the models following their unveiling at BAAD.

The committee will take the views of the community into account when making the final selection before the chosen design is announced in November.

The successful memorial will be erected in front of St Mary of the Assumption Church in Abercromby Street, Calton.

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Around 1million people died as a result of the Great Famine while 2million more were forced to emigrate – 100,000 are thought to have headed for Glasgow.